Thursday, March 3, 2016

I'll See You Later

Evelyn R. (Stearns) Mayland
1941 - 2016

My oldest sister (my family called her Sis) put up a long, brave fight against cancer, enduring three rounds of chemotherapy for her leukemia, and radiation for breast cancer over the last five years. Last week, it became too much for her body to handle, and she was removed from life-support on Wednesday, February 24, 2016.

The podcast of the funeral service sermon on February 29, 2016 can be heard here. The text used by by Rev. Steve Schulz is John 3:16. 

Through my faith, I know in God's time, I will see Sis again, but until then, I'll keep the good memories of her sealed in my heart. 

sisters - Nancy, "Sis," and Marilyn
Oregon coast
approximately 1990
We had some great times together: Sis, Marilyn, and I went to Sisters, Oregon for the Outdoor Quilt Show, to Mackinac Island, Michigan, and to a quilt show in Duluth, Minnesota. 

the last photo of me and my siblings
(my brothers died soon after this photo was taken)
Nancy, Sis, Rich, John, Larry (John's son), and Marilyn
Pavillion, WY
approx. 1996
Twenty years after this photo was taken, it feels strange that Marilyn and I are the only siblings remaining.


23 comments:

  1. It's so hard to say goodbye to someone you love. Sending prayers for comfort to you and the family.

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  2. Oh I am so sorry to read this. I'm glad that you still have one sister here right now to share things with and spend time together. God bless all of you. We'll say a special prayer at our house tonight. Take care of yourself.

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  3. I am so sorry, Nancy...hugs and love and prayers!

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  4. I remember the time she was coming out here for the three of you to take your road trip and she had a dummy all dressed up in the passenger seat so others wouldn't know she was traveling alone.

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  5. I'm so sorry to hear of your sister's passing. It's never easy to lose someone, but you have some wonderful memories to hold near.

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  6. Sorry for your loss but so happy that her suffering is over and yes indeed you will see her again:) That will be a day of rejoicing!

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  7. May you feel God's comfort my friend.

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  8. Oh, Nancy. I am so sorry for you loss. It's obvious that your sister held a very special place in your heart. Hugs.

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  9. I am so sorry for the loss of your dear sister. But you are so right in that the two of you will reunite someday. And just remember that she is pain free. God is good.

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  10. Nancy, sister memories are very special, hold them dear. I'm so glad all 3 of you had the opportunities to travel and enjoy each others company and hobbies.
    Julia---Lincoln, NE

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  11. Nancy---my prayers and sympathies for your loss.

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  12. I'm so sorry for your loss Nancy! My heart aches for you. You are so blessed to have had a close relationship with your sister, and truly blessed to know it is not the end. When you see her again, WOW what a reunion! My prayers are with you and your family.

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  13. My condolences, Nancy. I'm so sorry for your loss. You're in my thoughts and prayers. ~ Nancy

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  14. So sorry for your loss, Nancy. Being close to sister's is very special. I'm sure you will miss her greatly, but she will always be in your heart. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

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  15. Nancy, I'm so sorry to hear of your sister's passing. Thinking of you and sending many big hugs your way.

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  16. Oh Nancy, I'm so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you and your family. Thank you for sharing the photos of your family.

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  17. Nancy, I'm so very sorry to learn of the loss of your precious sister. I know she is in your heart until you meet again in Heaven. May the Lord bless you with His comforting power as only He can. Praying for you and your family.

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  18. No one can ever replace the friendship and love between sisters. My heart goes out to you! xo Tammy

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  19. Oh sweet Nancy. Your sister was so pretty! we are lucky to have very special relationships with our siblings. Im glad her pain is over. She is with you!!! Still grief is hard and strange and I'm sending you big hugs

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  20. My sympathy Nancy, may your good memories help you through the tough times! That was a wonderful funeral sermon, Everlasting Life!! We used to attend that church occasionally when we lived in Harwood ND. I didn't know your sister worked at Northwest Fabrics, I used to be stuck there for hours with my Mom when she came shopping. :)

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